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Tebow urges suspended students to respect authority

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  • By Marc Sessler NFL.com
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When Tim Tebow heard about the Long Island students who were suspended for blocking their high-school hallway during a Tebowing session, the Broncos quarterback was quick to provide instruction: Follow the rules, young ones.

"You have to respect the position of authority and people that God's put as authority over you," Tebow told FOX Sports. "So that's part of it and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too. But I think it does show courage from the kids, standing out and doing that, and some boldness."

Connor Carroll, a senior at Riverhead High, told Yahoo! Sports that he and three other male students received a one-day suspension Wednesday for Tebowing -- the act of taking a silent knee in prayer as the Broncos quarterback is known to do.

The Tebowing craze has spread rapidly during the quarterback's six-game winning streak, spawning a website and general hysteria.

Tebow, of course, is kneeling in prayer during and after football games to honor his Christian faith. It's unclear where others who strike the pose stand on this front. For many, it's a fad, a delight -- something that fills the gap left by a dying interest in planking -- and at a distance from the quarterback's original meaning.

On the field, the white-hot lights will only burn brighter Sunday when Tebow and the Broncos (8-5) meet Tom Brady and the Patriots (10-3) in a much-anticipated meeting.

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